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ManaClash

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Hello I'm new to the forums I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Attacks and
Harm.

I've suffered with these symptoms for over 15 years and have taken a number of different meds over the year's.

About 2 -3 months ago I dedicated to get off my Meds cold Turkey just to see how I would feel. Having been on medication for most of my adult life I felt that I needed to try and just be myself without meds.

The first few weeks I felt great a reduction in my anxiety and I could sleep much easier. I feel that most if not all the SSRI make me have a hard time falling asleep. I get sleepy just can't kick into sleep phase I kind of just lay there.
Anyway after that phase came the withdrawal phase headache flu like symptoms etc, but I toughed it out.
Then came the anger everyone and everything made me angry super mad I couldn't understand why. I felt most angry I've ever felt in my like. I do have a quick temper but this was an extreme.

Then came the last phase which I'm currently at constant panic and anxiety over everything it feels like I'm dying 24/7 plus I have ocd so I would worry about hurting my loved one or worse my pets (my brain is ******).

I had to go back to the doctors and get on zone new medication to say the least. My doc gave me a script for Cymbalta and Trasdon a sleep aid that did nothing. Unfortunately I had a reaction to the Cymbalta and it made my anxiety worse I wanted to kill myself it got that bad. I ended up going to the hospital and got a script for my old antidepressant. Venlafaxine.

I've been taking that for a week and do feel better not great but better.

Thanks for listening to me I just wanted to tell anyone my story and get it off my chest.
 

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Hello and welcome ManaClash. I too have severe GAD and went through a tough withdrawal from Xanax. I've been on different SSRI's but haven't had any serious side effects or withdrawal with them. I think going the cold turkey route might have contributed to some of the extreme reactions you've suffered through. The SSRI's that I did not have difficulties with were Paxil, Zoloft and Lexapro which I am on currently. Hopefully getting back on your medication will provide some improvement for you.
 

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Yeah I agree I shouldn't have gone off my meds the way I did. I'm back on one and working hard to get my anxiety under control. I've always been very sensitive to medication this is why I'm a difficult patient to treat.
 

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Venlafaxine I forgot what it's generic for. I've pretty much been on or tried most antidepressants. It's only been a week so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure I need a higher dose because I was on it before, but I hate not being able to sleep at night.
 

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It worked well for me before so that's why I went back on it.
 
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